Say It with Us: Seitan (pronounced “say-tan”)

Seitan is a popular meat substitute among vegetarians and vegans. Unlike tofu and tempeh, pure seitan does not contain any soy products. Seitan consists of hydrated gluten, which is the main protein found in wheat. It’s made by rinsing wheat flour dough with water to remove the starch and fibre. So basically, seitan is the pure gluten you’re left with.

You might think seitan is a fairly new “food fad”. We’ve got news for you — it’s definitely not! Although the term “seitan” originated in the early 1960s, the product itself, also known as “wheat meat,” “wheat protein,” “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten,” dates back all the way to the 6th century whenChinese Buddhists ate it as a meat alternative.

With its meaty texture, seitan can be used for all kinds of meat replacements. It’s great for vegan steaks, burgers, and meatballs. You can roast, grill, sauté, or steam seitan, and if you use a variety of sauces and marinades, each time you make it, the taste will be different. You don’t have to stick to the tried and true!

Seitan is extremely nutritious. It’s a very good source of protein and it’s perfect for a vegan or vegetarian diet. It also provides important minerals like iron, selenium, calcium, and copper. A hundred grams of pure seitan contains 75 grams of protein. It's also low in calories and carbs, with eight grams per serving, and low in fat, with less than one gram per serving. Since pure seitan is made from wheat, not soy, it can be a good vegan protein option if you have soy allergies or sensitivities.

SUUP is now making seitan in-house in a variety of flavours: Traditional, Bacon, Italian, Thai, and Cracked Black Pepper. Keep an eye on our website for details. You will want to enhance your meatless meals with this delicious new protein by SUUP.  No doubt it will leave you wanting more! 

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